We’ve been hearing about the 20-game ACC men’s basketball schedule (to coincide with the ACC Network launch) for years, and now it’s here. On Thursday, the league shared matchups for the next three seasons, starting with 2019-20.
The Syracuse Orange’s slate is fine, as is the case for most teams in the conference. Though they didn’t let us face Duke twice every season. The Orange will only get a home-and-home with the Blue Devils in 2021-22.
Here’s a screenshot below, followed by the text version:
Home & Home: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Home Only: Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest
Away Only: Clemson, Florida State, Louisville Miami
Home & Home: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State
Home Only: Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
Away Only: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest
Home & Home: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest
Home Only: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia
Away Only: North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
As expected, the ACC didn’t double down on permanent rivals here (we continue to have two in BC and Pitt), and instead expanded the number of home-and-homes in a single season. Under the 18-game schedule, we get just three of those (two permanents and one additional). With this setup, we’re up to five.
This arrangement probably gives us more attractive home slates overall, from top to bottom. The 2019-20 schedule gives us all four North Carolina schools at home, plus a familiar list including BC, Pitt, ND, UVA and Virginia Tech (among others). In 2021, we keep UNC, NC State and Notre Dame, and add Louisville. In 2021-22, Duke’s at the Dome again, as is UL and UVA.
Thankfully, the number of home-and-homes allows for a nice rotation of schools, instead of the unfortunate even/odd-year split we get with football schedules.
I’ll continue to hate the increase to 20 games, but if we’re going to do it, the follow-through here could certainly be worse. If we’re assuming the rumored early-season conference games come to fruition, you can look at potential matchups like Syracuse vs. Virginia or Syracuse vs. Louisville as real possibilities. They’ll want eyeballs on the league and the network. And either of those games would certainly get them.
But what about you? Hate any specific year? Love any specific year? Talk future schedules below instead of bemoaning the remaining schedule in 2018-19.